Montpelier Board of School CommissionersMinutesMinutes - February 15, 2012

Minutes - February 15, 2012


1.       Call to Order  The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m. 

2.       Adjust/Review Agenda  No changes.

3.       Public Comments  Richard Sheir spoke about his concerns about the FY13 school budget. 

4.       Student Presentation  Some of Mr. Baginski’s 6th grade science students presented the effects of bread mold.  They presented a slideshow and several students spoke about the different aspects of the project, i.e., bread texture, the smell, mold color and the percentage of mold.  A handout was distributed. 

5.       Special Education Funding Presentation – Jessica Little  Jessica Little presented information about federal funding K-12 resident students eligible for special education.  A handout was distributed. 

6.       Update on Municipal Heating Initiative  Mr. Jones updated the Board in regard to the municipal heating initiative.  The City received a more detailed report.  The cost came in higher than reported.  Going to speak to engineer and discuss report in more detail and get back to the Board. 

7.       Discuss Community Outreach Re: FY13 Budget  Superintendent Ricca advised the Board that the proposed FY13 budget is on the school website and will be in an article that is going to be in the Bridge. 

The Board discussed a report being published that is coming out around February 21st.  This report contains some negative financial information in regard to schools.  The Board would like Superintendent Ricca to write an editorial about the positive things going on in the Montpelier schools, i.e., NECAP scores, the grant the high school just received, the district’s mission and excellence, etc.  Mr. Jones suggested that Ms. Wingate do some research and information gathering to see what students are looking for in a school, how to attract more students to Montpelier, and what can be done by the Board and the district to get the word out there in the community to the younger generation. 

8.       Discuss Oversight of the Recreation Department  Mr. Jones presented a proposal for governance of the Recreation Department.  A handout was distributed.  The Recreation Board was not ready to accept the proposal, as they have not met as a team to discuss it.  The Recreation Board will respond back to the School Board after they meet. 

Mr. Phillips moved, seconded by Mr. Jones, that Superintendent Ricca provide a ballpark figure of the cost to the district in the event the agreement between the district and the Recreation Department for sharing of services no longer existed.  Motion carried unanimously. 

9.       Appoint Board Representative to AFL-CIO Local 1369 Bargaining Committee  Mrs. Aldrich nominated Mr.VanDerlip as the board representative for this committee, seconded by Mr. Robinson.  Mr. VanDerlip accepted the nomination.

10.   Consent Agenda

a.       Minutes of February 1, 2012

b.       Warrants

c.       Unpaid Leave of Absence Request

Mr. Phillips moved, seconded by Mr. VanDerlip, to approve the consent agenda including minutes of the February 1, 2012 meeting, Warrants 33 and 34 dated February 16, 2012 in the amounts of $519,883.66 and $23,208.03 respectively, Warrants 35 and 36 dated February 23, 2012 in the amounts of $716,832.00 and $22,500.00 respectively, and a teacher’s unpaid leave of absence request.  Motion carried unanimously.

11.   Announcements/Review Meeting (+/∆) 

-  Mr. Robinson brought upon the point of how public comments should be addressed.  He believes the public should feel welcome to come and speak, but present in a cordial manner.  The public should feel satisfied that they have been heard and listened to.  The Board agreed to pay more attention to this. 

-  Mr. Phillips made an observation about an article he heard about concerning a school in New York.  The school, which was small in size, went from 45 to 95 enrolled students.  Mr. Phillips feels that if a small town school can do, then why can’t Montpelier.  He believes we can demonstrate how well we are doing and build on that. 

12.   Adjournment  On a motion duly made and seconded, the board voted unanimously to adjourn at 8:25 p.m. 

Dotty Rowe



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